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Comment: TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 59

by ThatsNotPudding (#49355703) Attached to: Facebook Successfully Tests Laser Internet Drones

This is going to be great for people in rural areas, developing countries, and others who otherwise would remain hostages to the poor reliability and high latency of radio and satellite internet.

Zuckbook will never give us great unwashed unfettered Internet access, but only a one way trip into the bidding paddock for advertisers to assess us - the product - a monetary value.

And to think FB will not be vending everyone out to all the state security organs of the world for 30 Ag is utter cluelessness.

Comment: Truer words never spoken (Score 2) 1089

by ThatsNotPudding (#49299841) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

"The people who tend not to vote are young, they're lower income, they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups. There's a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls."

This is the one downside to health care advances: the geriatric gentry like DICK Cheney will hang around far too long, doing out-sized damage to every facet of our existence.

Internet Explorer

Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand 317

Posted by Soulskill
from the unpoisoning-the-well dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The Verge reports that Internet Explorer as we know it will be taking a back seat to Microsoft's new browser, Project Spartan, in Windows 10 and future projects. IE will still exist, and stick around for compatibility issues, but Project Spartan will be the default way users interact with the internet. Microsoft wants to distance itself with the negative connotations Internet Explorer has acquired through the years. They still haven't decided on an official name for Project Spartan, but it will probably have the company name in it.

Comment: The real threat of a GOP-controlled WH & Congr (Score 1) 50

If the GOP again controls both the White House and both houses, the first thing they will do is outright eliminate the Freedom of Information Act or make it so toothless as to be irrelevant. After all, there's an endless, profitable war on, you know.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?